Let's Get Ready To Rumble: Libertarian Perspectives on Abortion
If you are in the D.C. area, please join me tomorrow as I discuss abortion with a few other libertarians:
As a political philosophy, libertarianism stresses concepts such as self-ownership, voluntary consent, and non-agression. In many areas of human activity, the application of such ideas seems relatively straightforward. In others, reaching clarity is far more difficult.
On Tuesday, May 21, from 2pm to 3pm in Washington, D.C., Reason will host a discussion tackling one of the most controversial and debated issues of the day: abortion. Among self-identified libertarians, there's a wide variety of positions, ranging from support for all forms of abortions to the prohibition of the same...
The topics discussed will include
- When does human life - and when do rights - begin?
- What's the role of science - and religion - in setting abortion policy?
- Is there a role for the state in prohibiting, regulating, and providing abortion?
You can either join us at Reason HQ or stream the event online.
Fellow panelist Katherine Mangu-Ward will be taking the "abortion is totally awesome" side of things and I'm unsure what the views of Ron Bailey are. He'll probably argue for how science should play a role in the debate. I'll be representing the pro-life side of things and Nick Gillespie will moderate. In his book The Declaration of Independents, he said that about a third of libertarians are pro-life. That sounds about right to me.
Even though a majority of libertarians are pro-choice, the movement is not as hostile to pro-life thought as you might think.
So, what would you like covered in this discussion? And what do Ricochet's libertarians have to say about the topic?